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Overwrought by a mile and too whimsical by half, from the sentimental soft rock to the kidnapped orphan to that hayseed breakout straight-out of HEE HAW, the animation is nonetheless gorgeous, the voice work charming, and the movie at once endearing and efficient.
Brilliant, just brilliant. And laugh-out-loud funny, with a villainess who's bad to the bone.
"The Rescuers" is an engaging and generally enjoyable family friendly flick. Yet it falls well off the mark of Disney's animated film from the '40s and '50s and those that followed from the '90s on. Most lacking is any good, tuneful melodies. Young kids will probably love it, but all others can let it pass.
I love this movie. It's tougher than new disney movies, but I think the romance is more realistic and sublte than all the other disney movies put together.
Post The Jungle Book's release in 1967, the studio's outputs started to focus more on the comedy elements of storytelling and less on the heartfelt sprit that we had come to expect from the studio. Fortunately The Rescuers is a return to their successful format as the story follows a young orphan named Penny who is kidnapped by an evil pawn broker. It is then up to two mouse rescuers to find Penny and free her from her captors. The audience is initially kept in the dark as to how and why Penny has been kidnapped and this only helps to add to the mystery of the plot. At one point it starts to feels like a 1940's film noir, but then it quickly returns to the formula we expect.
From the very start of the picture, it is apparent that this movie's heart is very much on its own sleeve. The title credits song ‘The Journey' immediately reminds you of something Barbara Streisand would have written and recorded in the same era. Additionally, the Oscar nominated song ‘Someone is Waiting for You' tugs at the heart strings and is easily a highlight. The songs here are the emotional core and only help you to relate to Penny and will her to escape. Where the movie does struggle sometimes is in the tonal structure. One minute you are listening to a beautfiully sung ballad, the next you are watching what feels like a Benny Hill sketch. The transitions from one set piece to the next can be quite jarring at times and sadly means the movie loses some of its emotional impact. Segments of the movie can feel isolated as if they belong from an animated short, rather than part of a cohesive motion picture.
Bernard and Miss Bianca are charming as the two protagonists; however neither is particularly interesting enough to carry the whole movie. There are also a lot of side characters who feel like more of a distraction to the plot, rather than to serve it. The real star of the show is the vile Madame Medusa, who brings a much needed energy to the flick. Although it is easy to label her as a poor man's Cruella De Vil, the brilliant animation and vocal performance make her a villain who you love to hate, pet crocodiles included.
Ask someone to name every Disney animated movie and chances are, The Rescuers will not be named. This is sadly a sign of another title from the studios ‘Dark Age' that has become somewhat forgotten amongst their now vast library of animated classics. Besides this, ultimately The Rescuers has enough charm and sentiment to keep you entertained for most of its running time. It is definitely one of Disney's middling efforts, but it is still a recommended watch for any Disney or animation enthusiast.
Les aventures de Bernard & Bianca est un étrange animal. Avec son animation très particulière (mais absolument magnifique), il est facile de penser que Disney peut laisser des spectateurs à quai dès les premières séquences. Mais ce style si singulier se marie plutôt bien avec une histoire plutôt rythmée, quitte a en devenir un peu fatigante dans les derniers instants, où comme d'habitude chez le Disney de cette époque tout se joue en quelques minutes, rendant le climax un peu interminable et manquant cruellement d'une véritable conclusion. Le film est aussi aidé par un doublage de génie (Bob Newhart était une idée formidable). Cependant, on reste à un niveau très éloigné de ce que la firme a produit dans les années 70.
Trash, absolute garbage film
The best animated movie ever made!
I really liked this movie as a kid, because I remember watching this movie on VHS for many years.
Beautiful Disney animation, and one of their most unrated masterpieces, may not be like the usual movies of the era, but overall a story that will enchant you and make your cry ??